Illustration Process: Mermaid and Diver (redo)
This is one of my more unusual process posts as I am redoing a piece instead of starting on something new. I loved the concept but wasn’t pleased with the first execution. The desire to achieve this idea's full potential, however, did not lessen over time, hence the second attempt. I was glad that I decided to do it! The results are everything I wanted and I’m excited to share the results with you.
How does one redo a piece?
Well you see, I backpedaled to the detailed sketch stage, retracing and transferring the piece onto a sheet of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper (11x14 in.).
The key things I wanted to preserve were:
The freshness of the sketch
The emotional mood of the piece
Even though the oil painting succeeded in capturing the mood, I had difficulty preserving the freshness of the sketch. The oil paint presented challenges I did not expect, splitting my focus considerably.
The idea for this illustration came from an ArtOrder challenge. The mysteries of the ocean and blue color scheme interested me. Since I hadn’t created an underwater piece before, I thought I would do well to try.
Several thumbnails later, I began to feel a certain backstory take shape in the first image.
We come to this concept of a mermaid and diver. Several questions come to mind:
What is their relationship?
How are mermaids typically represented?
In what way can I challenge the norm?